Metaphilosophy 52 (5):583-592 (2021)

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Dominic McIver Lopes
University of British Columbia
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Aesthetic hedonism is the default theory of aesthetic value. Some of its critics share with it a pair of unquestioned assumptions, namely, that any theory of aesthetic value should make special appeal to its being the case that the canonical form of aesthetic evaluation is a state of pleasure and to its being the case that the canonical purpose of aesthetic acts is to access pleasure. This paper argues that there is reason to doubt both assumptions. Doubting both assumptions suggests a wider range of alternatives to aesthetic hedonism and primitivist inversions of aesthetic hedonism.
Keywords aesthetic acts  aesthetic practices  aesthetic value  pleasure  value
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DOI 10.1111/meta.12508
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